For decades, medical doctors have been the primary care providers for patients seeking treatment for chronic headache and migraine pain. Various medications — from muscle relaxers to narcotics — have been prescribed by doctors to patients who suffer with headaches and migraines, yet chronic headache and migraine conditions still remain commonplace. It’s only fair to ask, why isn’t there a way to defeat headache and migraine pain without drugs? Well, there finally IS a better way for most — and it could mean a lifetime of freedom from headaches and migraines for you and your loved ones.
At the Migraine Headache Relief Center of Pennsylvania, what we do is changing lives...
The Migraine Headache Relief Center of Pennsylvania (MHRPA) in Kennett Square, PA is breaking down long-held misconceptions about debilitating pain conditions like chronic headaches and migraines, TMJ pain, chronic tension and facial pain and how they should be treated. Most people think that they must carefully manage their pain with medications and lifestyle changes when in fact this is often not the case. MHRPA has had unparalleled success in treating the root causes for these chronic pain conditions — without surgery or drugs.
MHRPA Offers Breakthrough Migraine Headache Treatment, and MORE:
Dr. Jeffrey S. Harris, MHRPA Director, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain conditions related to neuromuscular imbalances and bite force problems. The pain conditions we treat include the following:
Most people have never even considered discussing their symptoms of Headache, Migraine, Neck and Face pain, or even TMJ/Jaw Pain with a dentist. Typically, it has been commonplace to consult with GPs or specialist physicians about these conditions and their symptoms because they were the only medical professionals you could see. That is no longer the case, and the treatment paradigm has begun to shift to Neuromuscular Dentistry.
Both Dentistry and Sports Science have advanced considerably over the last few years. Recent technological tools combined with a more complete understanding of dentally-related neuromuscular forces have radically changed the diagnosis and treatment options for these types of pain. Think about it because it actually makes perfect sense. Who knows more about the neuromuscular regions of the head, neck, face, temporomandibular joints and teeth? Your dentist does — not your general doctor. Getting help from a unique type of dentist — a neuromuscular dentist — may be your key to living a life free from headache and migraine pain.
A handful of years ago, a dentist who had been successfully treating headache and migraine patients teamed up with a neurophysiologist who invented the cold laser. Together they patented a protocol for treating patients who had been suffering for years with chronic headache and migraine conditions. Dr. Harris and his staff at The Migraine Headache Relief Center of Pennsylvania trained directly under these doctors in order to bring this groundbreaking technology to the East Coast. Furthermore, we now understand that bite force imbalance plays the leading role in not only headache and migraine suffering — but also TMD/Jaw, Head and Neck Pain. These conditions can now be treated in a way that produces lasting pain resolution without the need for invasive methods or medications.
Dr. Harris and his highly-trained staff at MHRPA are one of the very few neuromuscular dentistry practices in the country that have been taught the patented methods for treating headaches and migraines without surgery or drugs. The diagnosis involves computer technologies to analyze the bite forces in the mouth, as well as comprehensive Range of Motion exams of the muscles in the neck and head regions. Know that the head is a dynamic structure that needs harmony and balance of the teeth, muscles, nerves and joints in order to function free from pain. The leading-edge treatments employed to create balance and harmony for lasting pain relief are NOT available through your physician, but they ARE available at MHRPA right now. Read on to learn more about being diagnosed to see if you are a candidate for treatment.
A Brief Look at Our Treatment Offices in Kennett Square, PA...
MHRPA Diagnosis: It's About Root Causes -- NOT Symptoms
Understanding why you suffer is central to everything we do and makes targeted treatment possible. Therefore, MHRPA employs an exhaustive approach to uncover the reasons for (and not the symptoms of…) your headaches, migraines, TMJ and other painful conditions. We seek the root causes for pain — essentially, neuromuscular force dysfunctions within in the Stomatognathic System (all hard and soft tissues connected to the jaw) — and use the following techniques to pinpoint problems:
Head trauma, accidents, sports injuries, or previously completed orthodontics can all produce head and neck muscle tension, but what is the true cause? Or are there multiple factors involved in making the tension and pain you endure ‘chronic’ in nature? Reviewing your past health experiences can reveal causes you didn’t even consider before seeing Dr. Harris.
Ruling in or out any accidents or other past health factors can also lead to better, more targeted protocols being employed in your treatment sessions.
There is a known and well-established link between neuromuscular force problems in the Stomatognathic System and certain types of chronic pain, like headaches. Understanding your history with headaches and migraines is critical to understanding how your condition has evolved over time.
Dr. Harris’s comprehensive diagnostic regimen is designed to get to the heart of root causes and therefore includes the study of your history with headache pain. Simply put, the type of information obtained through this review can greatly enhance treatment outcomes.
The origin for chronic head and neck tension can be traced to neuromuscular force problems in the dentomandibular complex. Long-term chronic tension relief IS possible, though, with targeted neuromuscular rehabilitation of the affected areas. However, we must first examine and understand the complex relationships of these forces to properly select the appropriate chronic tension treatments.
A t-scan device is a tool used by neuromuscular dentists like Dr. Harris to better understand the bite force relationships in patients with chronic pain. Knowing what and where you have neuromuscular imbalances (bite problems) gives Dr. Harris what he needs to eliminate pain and restore balance and harmony. Dr. Harris can actually show you where the problems are using personalized, computer-generated 3D models.
Part of the diagnostic protocol for chronic tension at the Migraine Headache Relief Center of Pennsylvania involves defining any range of motion problems within the head, neck and jaw that exist.
Limited range of motion (as compared to the average person) is a frequent problem in those who suffer with chronic head & neck tension. The degree to which your range of motion is impaired must be known to correct chronic tension problems. Therefore, Dr. Harris will take precision digital measurements of your range of motion to determine the extent of your impairment.
Muscle exams are especially helpful in patients that experience chronic head and neck tension and pain. The head and neck areas are where we frequently find knotted and swollen muscles that contribute to tension and stiffness. They are called trigger points.
Trigger points can be painful on their own, but they can also cause pain to refer to other locations you would not immediately assume are related. They can even cause tension headaches.
Dr. Harris will palpitate the muscles of your head, face, neck and shoulders to locate any trigger points that exacerbate the tension and pain you experience. These areas are worked on during your in-office chronic tension treatment sessions.
At MHRPA we do NOT offer short-term solutions that cannot last. We strongly believe that the unnecessary risks to your health from medication use or invasive surgical procedures are to be avoided at all costs, whenever possible. Our treatment protocols do not involve invasive procedures or drugs to achieve pain relief and they are designed to produce long-term pain resolution. Below we briefly discuss some of the treatment modalities we use to safely and effectively treat our patients:
Manual massage techniques are used in our headache and migraine treatments at MHRPA. Manipulating the trigger points — sub-dermal pockets of painful tension — helps to decrease pain and intensity. Blood flow is increased, inflammation decreased, and it promotes accelerated healing.
Cranial Electrical Stimulation
Cranial Electrical Stimulation (CES) is where we introduce a low-level electrical signal into the musculature. The microcurrent interacts with the bioelectricity in the body of the headache and migraine sufferer and can result in a reduction to pain frequency and intensity. Muscle spasms and the potential for referral pain into other areas are reduced while healthy nerve stimulation is encouraged.
Ultrasound of the Muscles
Using an ultrasound device offers several key benefits to patients with chronic pain conditions like headaches and migraines. It actually feels quite good! Patients describe it as a warming sensation and similar to getting a massage. Ultrasound aids in returning circulation to sore and strained muscles by increasing blood flow with heat.
Cold Laser Treatment
Cold laser technology is a headache and migraine treatment modality used by MHRPA to rehabilitate sore trigger points. Red red light photons, or infrared, work on both the hard and soft tissues to promote rapid healing. Low-level cold laser can reduce pain and inflammation while helping to reconnect the neurological pathways within the headache and migraine sufferer.
Neuromuscular Rehabilitation Orthotic Devices
Neuromuscular rehabilitation orthotics are critical to the long-term success of our headache and migraine treatment plans at MHRPA. A rehabilitation orthotic is a device placed in the mouth to retrain the bite and allow the muscles of the mouth and jaws to return to their appropriate resting positions. The muscles in the head, neck, teeth, mouth, jaws, etc., are all related. When any of these muscles become overworked, harmony must be restored to return pain-free functionality.
Dr. Harris at MHRPA understands the role that neuromuscular forces play in causing the vast majority of headache, migraine, TMJ and chronic head & neck tension conditions.
Pioneering diagnostic tools at MHRPA allow us to uncover those neuromuscular force problems so they can be non-invasively treated -- NO DRUGS NECESSARY.
If you've tried other things without success then schedule a diagnostic exam at MHRPA now. Our treatment success rate speaks volumes -- over 98% of candidates that complete treatment achieve significant to TOTAL long-term pain relief.
END your pain!
Janine's Story: Complex case of bruxism, chronic headaches & migraines
Janine’s pain story started when she began to have clenching and grinding problems that would fatigue her jaws and cause pain. Unfortunately, this condition caused chronic headaches and occasional migraines.
She had no idea the conditions were even linked. Thankfully, she found Dr. Harris and he solved her problems.
Julia's Story: She suffered with migraine headaches since she was 8 years old
Julia had seen doctors and tried many medications for her migraine headaches but nothing was getting her anything more than temporary relief. Her migraines were debilitating and they persisted for 15 long years.
Fortunately, Julia saw a Facebook post on a local news site and learned about MHRPA and Dr. Harris.
Jose's Story: Cluster headaches and trigeminal neuralgia
Jose’s story would be heartbreaking if it weren’t for the fact that MHRPA’s treatment protocols gave him a second chance. The kind of excruciating pain he endured is the type you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy.
After treatment at MHRPA, Jose now feels like he has a new lease on life. The pain no longer controls him.
Take the First Critical Step Towards Ending Your Pain -- Get Diagnosed!
The former patients you heard from above are only a few voices in the dozens upon dozens that sought diagnosis and treatment at The Migraine Headache Relief Center of Pennsylvania. Our main web site is FULL of stories just like these — success stories.
The reason our treatments have been so successful is that they directly target the root causes for your headache or migraine pain — not just the symptoms. Medications can’t treat anything because they cannot fix the underlying causes for pain — neuromuscular force problems. However, if you are a strong candidate for our neuromuscular rehabilitation and treatment protocols a comprehensive diagnosis at MHRPA will tell you. If you are, treatment at MHRPA could get you PAIN-FREE in under 3 months.
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